News & Analysis

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    “What the hell Uber? Uncool bro.”

    “I downloaded Uber the other day and its pretty cool and handy. The only qualm I had was with all the permissions it asked for… Christ man! Why the hell would it want access to my camera, my phone calls, my wifi neighbors, my accounts, etc?” – Joe’s Security Blog
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    Nevada judge rules against ride-sharing firm Uber

    “District Court judge in Washoe County on Tuesday approved a preliminary injunction to prohibit the ride-sharing company Uber from operating in Nevada, including Las Vegas. Judge Scott Freeman sided with Nevada in finding that the company, which argued it is not in the transportation business, is subject to the regulatory requirements for companies that want to engage in the movement of passengers from Point A to B.” – LV Review Journal
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    First Look Media lays off staff of The Racket

    ‘The initial vision for First Look was an expansive dream. A statement from First Look said, “we’re creating a general interest news site that will cover topics ranging from entertainment and sports to business and the economy.” With hindsight, that statement should have read, “We’re creating a single, isolated digital magazine on national security and privacy.”’ – Washington Post
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    Why Sony’s deal to collect royalties directly from SiriusXM could be terrible news for musicians

    As most people know, when a song is streamed on Pandora or Spotify, the royalties from that play, often worth only a fraction of a penny, are split between the record label, the songwriter, and the performer. But there’s another less-talked about constituent that receives a cut of the revenue: Performance rights organizations or PROs. For a small administration fee, these groups collect and distribute royalties to the appropriate rights holders, songwriters, and performers. But now, a major distributor has distanced itself from one of the…
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    Yes, Bitcoin Black Friday is a real thing, and it’s catching on

    You could forgive crypto-currency news sites and startups for evangelizing retailers offering deals only available to those paying in bitcoin this Black Friday – or as many are calling it, “Bitcoin Black Friday.” But what’s less predictable, and thus speaks more loudly about the progress the industry has made over the last year, is the fact that mainstream news organizations like ABC and NBC have jumped on the bandwagon. baits its audience with the headline, “Find Out…
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    Study: The top five slowest web pages are all news sites

    According to a study by Catchpoint Systems, news sites are the slowest-loading web pages on the Internet. While search engines and travel sites zipped along at fast speeds, news homepages, including the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, made up all 5 of the slowest sites Catchpoint measured. [Source: Adweek]
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    By avoiding acquisitions, Uber has left a lot of investors on the outside looking in

    For all its monumental success, Uber has gotten there in a way that is almost entirely foreign in Silicon Valley: It’s never made an acquisition. Let that sink in. More than five years into its assault on modern transportation, and more than $1.5 billion (and counting) in venture capital later, Uber has never (at least publicly) acquired another company, be it for its product, customer base, or employees. That is basically unheard of for a consumer technology company of its…
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    Rachel Sklar: “Your Backlash Against Sarah Lacy Is Misplaced”

    “I’m writing this in specific response to Lane Wood’s “Here Ego Again” which takes Lacy on for not being the right kind of victim. Why is she so outspoken? Why is she retweeting positive tweets about herself? Why does she seem to be…enjoying this? Ding ding ding! That’s the warning bell that goes off in my brain any time someone questions an outspoken woman’s behavior on anything other than the merits. That is ALL Wood’s piece…
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    As Amazon’s iron grip slips, Best Buy is taking advantage

    Not long ago, it seemed like Best Buy was destined to be roadkill beneath Amazon’s tires. Sales at its retail stores were declining while its profits were plummeting. The company’s efforts to tap into online orders Online sales wasn’t working either. The stock finished 2012 below $12 a share, a decline of 77 percent over the previous five years. Best Buy is still around today – unlike its erstwhile rival Circuit City – and its stock…
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    Why haven’t iTunes and Spotify removed dozens of “hate bands” from their services?

    In the Winter 2014 issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Intelligence Report,” there’s a fascinating article by Keegan Hankes called “Music & Money & Hate.” Within it, Hankes details 54 musical groups identified by the SPLC as “hate bands” whose albums, despite being full of racist lyrics, are available to buy on iTunes. All this, despite iTunes’ own Terms and Conditions which mandates that content “shall not infringe or violate the rights of any other party or violate any laws,…
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    GreatFire delivers BBC content to China, a group dedicated to covering China’s censorship policies, has partnered with the BBC to deliver its Chinese-language content in the country. The move is part of an effort to give Chinese citizens access to more information before their government is able to block it. [Source: GreatFire]
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    Apple hits record $700B market cap

    Apple has reached a record $700 billion market cap, making it the first S&P 500 company to do so. The milestone is seen as important for chief executive Tim Cook, who has doubled the company’s market cap in the three years since he’s taken the helm. [Source: CNBC]
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    Survey: Many people have never heard of Edward Snowden — but the ones who have actually care about his disclosures

    It sometimes seems like everyone in the world must have heard of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked documents about National Security Agency surveillance programs in 2013. But a new survey suggests that many people around the globe haven’t heard his name. The survey was conducted by the Ipsos global research company and published by the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) on November 24. It gathered responses from 23,376 Internet users from 24 countries on several continents between October and November.…
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    Un-carrier? More like unethical: T-Mobile clashes with the FCC (again)

    T-Mobile might want to change its nickname. Unless its claim of being the “un-carrier” is meant to be ironic, the moniker just can’t stand up to scrutiny from even the rosiest of tinted glasses. The latest example of T-Mobile failing to differ from other wireless providers comes courtesy of the Federal Communications Commission, which has ordered the company to stop lying to its customers about the speed with which they receive data, especially after that speed is throttled. T-Mobile has agreed to change its service in the…
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    PandoLIVE is LIVE right now — featuring weev, rappers, Google and your calls

    Starting at 5 pm PST is this week’s episode of PandoLIVE, our weekly call in show where Paul and I talk about…. everything. This week we’re gonna talk about Dan Raile’s excellent weev story, David Holmes’ profile of rapper turned entrepreneur Ryan Leslie, the UK wanting to break up Google, why we can’t have nice things in the tech world anymore, and we might mention a certain ride sharing company. We also want to hear what’s on your mind.…

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